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St. Louis Celebrates 250 Years!!
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St. Louis Celebrates 250 Years!! Many of us celebrate milestone birthdays one of two ways – we either moan and groan about turning another year older OR we embrace the number and enjoy a new phase of life. But no matter how you celebrate that day that only comes once a year, you will ne... Read the full story
Don’t Let the Boys Have All the Fun – 10 Ways for Ladies to Love Harpole’s Heartland Lodge
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A couple of years ago I saw a Facebook ad pointing me to Harpole’s Heartland Lodge.  I asked my Central Illinois friends if they had ever visited the lodge and none had.  But, several of their husbands and significant others had...and apparently they had... Read the full story
Shop and Dine in an Illinois Main Street Town!!
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Shop and Dine in an Illinois Main Street Town!! If you’ve taken my advice and scheduled yourself for a little R&R at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge, then good for you! Maybe your R&R getaway isn’t all about the rest and relaxation – you may want to hit the ATV trails or go horseback riding. You may even w... Read the full story
Schedule Some Time for Some R&R!!
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Schedule Some Time for Some R&R!! That’s right! It’s already September 2nd and if you’re like me, you’re asking yourself, “Where has the year gone?” The summer is on its way to being a memory of yesterday, the kids are all back in school and the holidays are just around the corner. The... Read the full story
Visit the Illinois State Fair
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It is that time again. Every year when the weather is warm and the kids are headed back to school…When the smells of fried food and great barbeque start to waft through the air.  Food.  Music.  Competition.  That can only mean that the Illinois State Fair... Read the full story
Make the Most out of Your Summer Vacation
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I graduated from school many years ago.  The truth is my days of long, fun summer vacations are over.  Like many though, I still look forward to the summertime during the long, dark, cold days of winter…  Summer is freedom.  Summer is kids playing outside... Read the full story
Snack Shack Officially Open for Business!!
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Snack Shack Officially Open for Business!! Ms. Wanda’s Snack Shack is officially open and ready for business! I just know that you’re sitting there asking yourself…”What is Ms. Wanda’s Snack Shack?” More importantly…”Where is Ms. Wanda’s Snack Shack?” Ms. Wanda’s Snack Shack is the newest addit... Read the full story
Barn Quilt Trail Makes for a Great Day!!
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Barn Quilt Trail Makes for a Great Day!! Last week my mom and I celebrated her birthday by going to Heartland Lodge. She had never been there and what better way to treat her than to take her someplace and let her be pampered…incredible meals, luxurious beds and some peace and quiet in the beau... Read the full story
Celebrate with Fireworks!!
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Celebrate with Fireworks!! Can you believe it’s almost the end of June? Where has the summer gone? It seems like just yesterday, I was sitting watching my nephews graduate from high school and plans were being made for the Memorial Day weekend! But we’ve seen the official start... Read the full story
ATV Adventure
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Last month I had the chance to try something I have never done before – go for an ATV ride.  Growing up in Chicago, ATV riding was just not something that was very commonplace.  And, even once I moved to Springfield, the opportunity just never really pres... Read the full story
Father's Day at the Lodge
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Father's Day at the Lodge It’s that time of year again – grills are out, people are setting up lawn furniture, kids are spending their summers at the pool.  Oh yeah…It’s also Father’s Day!  Maybe it’s because it falls between Mother’s Day and the 4th of July, but it sure seems lik... Read the full story
Girls Getaway Weekend Review
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Girl Getaway Weekend Review Something fantastic has been happening at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge. This spring, the lodge hosted two Girls’ Getaway Weekends complete with wine tastings, gourmet meals, and a range of activities.  The weekends were meant to provide ladies with some much... Read the full story
Hannibal Full of Family Activities!!
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Hannibal Full of Family Activities!! As we all know, Sunday, May 12 is Mother’s Day! How do you celebrate YOUR mom on Mother’s Day? My mom is the heart and soul of most of our family celebrations and she certainly deserves her day! Her favorite place to eat for Mother’s Day is Fiddlestiks... Read the full story
Mother's Day
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Remember when your mother stayed up with you because you saw a scary movie?  Remember when she taught you to ride a bicycle or picked you up from school because you were sick?  Remember when she helped you pick out your prom dress or made sure you got th... Read the full story
The Family Vacation - All Grown Up
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The Family Vacation - All Grown Up It seemed so easy when I was a kid.  My parents just packed some bags, possibly invited some friends along and piled us in the backseat for a big family vacation.  Sometimes we had some coloring books or puzzle games.  Other times my sister and I drove ou... Read the full story
Win Cardinal Tickets and an Overnight Stay in our Luxury Suite
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Win Cardinal Tickets and an Overnight Stay in our Luxury Suite Win 2 tickets, behind home plate, to a Cardinal baseball game in St Louis and an overnight stay at Heartland Lodge in a luxury suite!!... Read the full story
Spring Break - Not Just for Kids Anymore
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Spring Break - Not Just for Kids Anymore A week ago Central Illinois was on the receiving end of Snowmageddon.  With some areas receiving as much as 18 inches, the last thing on anyone’s mind was spring break.  Many of us were too busy digging out our driveways or scraping our windshields to giv... Read the full story
Full Moon Farms Petting Zoo!!
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Full Moon Farms Petting Zoo!! Have you ever dreamt of owning your very own petting zoo? Well, Jason Clark (a.k.a. Cave Man) and Kris Mooney made that dream a reality about four years ago with the creation of Full Moon Farms Petting Zoo and Pony Rides. Their farm sits just off County... Read the full story
Unplug and Recharge
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Unplug and Recharge I was introduced to a totally new concept a couple of weeks ago.  March 2 marked the official National Day of Unplugging - a sort of digital detox for the technology dependent.  I have to say, I first reacted to this notion with a sort of aversion.  I lov... Read the full story
Spring Vacation in Springfield
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Spring Vacation in Springfield It’s March in Illinois, and you know what that means….unexpected snow? Days getting longer? The Chicago Blackhawks breaking the record for the best opening season in NHL history? All that is true.  But…that’s not all.  Springtime in Springfield means the... Read the full story
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